Do I Have a Right to Ask the Dealer for a CarFax Report Before I Sign?

Ready to buy the car you have been waiting for months and even years? Sure you want to know every detail about the car! And sure you do have the right to know everything about the vehicle before you sign. In fact, the dealer must disclose information that can affect your decision to buy. One option is to get a CarFax report. When buying an automobile, it may be possible to request this report. However, if the vehicle is not registered and has no file with the website, it may take some time or may not be possible at all to get the report. Having said that, the good advice is to check anyway with CarFax website, as the car may already have information within the website.

CarFax May Not Always be Available

CarFax site will have information about a specific car only if details were provided. If your dealer does not have an account or is not signed up, you need to wait to get the report or just look for other sources. One option is to get a CarFax report yourself or ask the dealer to get one.

Even if the dealership is not signed up, it may still be possible to request a CarFax report. You need to enter the identification number of the vehicle to get information. This may be possible once the process to purchase has started. For example, if the vehicle is placed on hold with a certain amount of collateral, it may generally be possible to get information from the website.

How Can I Get a Free CarFax Report?

The first thing you should do when purchasing a car is to sign up for a free myCARFAX account. To open an account, visit

If you are buying a used car, you will get a report on the vehicle if the car is listed in Used Car Listings. You will get a free CARFAX report. You may also get a free history report provided by sites like and

In case you cannot find a free car report, it means that the dealer has not provided one recently. Alternatively, you can buy a CARFAX report or ask the dealer for one.

The dealer website may also have a report. If the website does not provide this information, ask the dealer for a report.

What If I Am Scammed?

To avoid any fraud or scam, make sure you get accurate details about the car before you sign. However, if you are lied to or subjected to scam or were harmed in any sense, it is crucial to hire a lawyer to seek a resolution or get compensation.

Since you are on this page, we are happy to offer our assistance in case you suffered any kind of damage. The experienced attorneys at the Margarian Law Firm will help you get out of the situation. Dial (818) 553-1000 for a free consultation. We will discuss your matter and decide together how to proceed.

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